Saturday, 24 January 2015

Elena Matthews - Look After You (Look After You #1)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

The birth of your firstborn child is supposed to be the best day of your life, a joyous occasion. Well that’s what twenty-eight year old Ava Jacobson thought. That is until her life takes a drastic turn for the worse and her daughter is born three months earlier than planned, weighing only two pounds, two ounces.

A distraught Ava is thrown into the deep end of motherhood and instead of being able to hold her baby like other moms, she has to sit back and watch her daughter fight for her life in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, while her fiancĂ©, Sebastian Gilbert is in the midst of a messy war in Afghanistan. Ava is left to pick up the pieces with the help of her only friend, Caleb Summers.

When her vulnerable state hits an all time low, she finds solace in an unexpected pair of intense green eyes. Eyes that belong to her daughter's doctor, Ashton Bailey, and she falls, like she has never fallen before. However, for the sake of Sebastian she desperately tries to fight against her newfound feelings for Ashton, but eventually the pull between the two is so strong that it is impossible for her to stay away.

Then when Ava is convinced things can't possibly get any worse, a cloud of blackness closes in on her as the secret demons of her past come back to haunt her, with news that will irreversibly shake her entire world forever.

As Ava’s roller coaster ride she calls life begins to circle the drain, she quickly learns that even through the darkness of evil, there is always that one person who will look after you and have the ability to pull you away from the brink of no return, when nobody else can.

Recommended for ages 18+ due to heavy subject matters of rape and suicide. Also includes violence, explicit language and sexual situations.

Look After You by Elena Matthews is a must read. When a good friend recommended it to me, I jumped straight in knowing that the next installment isn't too far away. The story jumps straight into Ava's torment on an early delivery of her baby girl. Her immense strength but visible pain as she feels her body lets her down is heart wrenching.  
The journey she travels with only her best friend by her side is a hard one. Not to mention the fact her boyfriend is away fighting his own war in Afghanistan, she feels very vulnerable.  
But someone she doesn't expect to come crashing into her life rescues her from a
torment of her past, what she runs from and makes her face head on what she had hidden from everyone for such a long time. Including her own first love.  

Longing for her first love/college crush 'Sebastian' while she has to confront her past with a very good new friend pushes her boundaries and feelings to the extreme.  
This story was incredible but it just kept getting better and it was an incredible read.  
I loved the two points of perspectives too. Not always getting the full picture from just one side.

After reading so many incredible books recently I am conscious of my ratings being stricter this year but this book truly captured my heart and giving it any less than 5 stars would be a crime.  

I can't wait for 'Look After Me' which will bring a whole new dimension to this already brilliant story. Keep an eye out for the review upon release day as we have an ARC coming our way next month!! :D 

You can keep in touch with Elena and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Look After You here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I purchased this book myself and wasn't asked to write this review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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